Top Smoky Mountain Dinner Spots

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After a day of hiking, sightseeing, and exploring the beauty of the Smoky Mountains, there’s nothing quite like sitting down to a delicious meal.  Fortunately, the Smokies are home to a variety of amazing restaurants that cater to all tastes and preferences.  Here are our top picks for dinner spots in the area.


Local Goat |

Local Goat in Pigeon Forge is a must-visit for anyone looking for a delicious, locally sourced and sustainable menu.  They offer a variety of options to satisfy any craving, from appetizers and salads to steaks, chops, burgers, and desserts. 

One of the standout appetizers on the menu is the deep-fried deviled eggs, a unique take on a classic dish that is sure to please.  Another favorited is the southern salad, which features fresh and flavorful ingredients paired with fried chicken.  If you’re in the mood for something heartier, the boneless pork chop is a great choice, and for burger lovers, the TN whiskey glazed burger is a must-try.

While the food at Local Goat is definitely worth the wait, it’s important to note that the restaurant can get quite busy during peak seasons.  However, if you’re able to snag a spot at the bar (if you’re kid-free), you’ll be treated to a unique dining experience and a chance to chat with the friendly and knowledgeable staff.


The Peddler Steakhouse |

The Peddler Steakhouse is a Gatlinburg staple that has been delighting visitors and locals alike for years.  What makes this restaurant so special?  For starters, they offer custom cuts of steak that are cooked to perfection, along with a fresh and top-notch salad bar and a variety of delicious desserts.

The Peddler provides a great atmosphere.  The restaurant is located right on the Little Pigeon River, which provides stunning views and a relaxing ambiance.  Whether you’re sitting inside or waiting for your table in the outside pavilion, you’ll be able to enjoy the sound of the river and the beauty of the surrounding area.

Of course, the service at The Peddler is second to none.  The staff are friendly and attentive, and they go out of their way to make sure that you have a memorable dining experience.  And with the charm of downtown Gatlinburg just outside the door, you really can’t go wrong.

If you’re planning a visit to The Peddler Steakhouse, be sure to make a reservation ahead of time.  This is especially important if you want a table with a view of the river, as these tend to fill up quickly.  But trust us, the extra effort is well worth it for the amazing food, atmosphere, and service that you’ll find at this Gatlinburg gem.


Dancing Bear Appalachian Bistro |

If you’re looking for a dining experience away from the hustle and bustle of Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, look no further than Dancing Bears Appalachian Bistro.  Located in the town of Townsend on the “Peaceful Side of the Smokies”, this restaurant offers a unique farm-to-table experience that is sure to please any food lover.

Dancing Bears Bistro is committed to using locally sourced ingredients.  They grow their own produce on-site and source the highest quality local ingredients, ensuring that every dish is fresh, flavorful, and sustainable.  This commitment to sustainability is reflected in the restaurant’s beautiful surroundings, which are surrounded by forest giving you the full Smoky Mountain experience.

The menu at Dancing Bears Bistro is full of delicious options, from classic Southern dishes like fried gulf oysters to more unique options like the sweet tea brined pork chop.  They also offer a variety of vegetarian and gluten-free options, ensuring that everyone can find something to enjoy.


Junction 35 Spirits |

Junction 35 is a unique dining experience in Pigeon Forge that combines a distillery on one side of the building with a kitchen and bar on the other side.  This makes for a fun and memorable experience that is perfect for families or a night out with friends.

One of the standout features of Junction 35 is their menu, which offers something for everyone.  Whether you’re in the mood for a burger, a sandwich, or some classic Southern comfort food, they have you covered.  Some of the favorites include the smoked wings with blackberry moonshine sauce, the Tennessee hot burger, the country reuben, and the shrimp & grits.

In addition to the delicious food and drinks, Junction 35 also offers a great waiting area outside of the restaurant.  This includes a huge grass area with multiple cornhole sets, as well as the Mountain Monster, a thrilling ride that offers a Monster Drop, Monster Launch, and Monster Swing.  It’s the perfect way to work up an appetite before your meal.


Red Oak Bistro |

Located in the Arts & Crafts district of Gatlinburg, Red Oak Bistro is a hidden gem for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful dining experience.  Their menu features small plates inspired by Mediterranean and Eastern European cuisines, offering a variety of dishes that are sure to please your taste buds.

Unique to Red Oak Bistro, is their selection of wine, bourbons, and beer.  Whether you’re looking for a bold red to pair with our meal or a refreshing craft beer, they have something for everyone.  The knowledgeable and friendly staff are also happy to make recommendations based on preferences.

While Red Oak Bistro may not be the best option for families with children, it’s a perfect spot for a dinner date of a night out with friends.  The intimate and cozy atmosphere, combined with the delicious food and drink, make for a memorable dining experience.


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